Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
By Harold Greenthal

THE LILY swayed coquettishly,
And the Rose,
Whom the murky night had left
Drunk with dew,
Was fired with desire,        5
And the passion burned his cheeks.
He bent lover-like
Over the virgin Lily,
And his green arms,
Quivering amorously in the breeze,        10
Slipped ’round her dainty waist,
And her lithe body shook with emotion.
She raised her drooping head,
And held her fresh young lips to his!
The lustful Rose        15
Now strained her close,
And the virgin Lily struggled
As though she were being violated,
Yet, yielding graciously the next instant,
Swung wantonly against her lover!…        20
Suddenly they quiet grew,
And slowly disentangled
Leaf from leaf,
And drew apart.
The Violets, quidnuncs every one,        25
Had looked on all the while
And passed the scandal to the Larks;
Narcissus, becoming inflamed,
Embraced himself
With quite unnatural ardor.        30
But the ravished Lily
Hung her head in shame,
And tried to hide
The tiny bits of gold
That lay sprinkled        35
Here and there
Along her happy petals.

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